Roger SIMPSON

simpson

 

Norwich
Norfolk
England

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATIONS
[1988] Ph.D. University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Thesis: The Arthurian Revival and Tennyson, 1800-1849.
[1962] Diploma in Education. Oxford University
[1960] BA in English Language and Literature. Oxford University (Wadham College).

 

TEACHING
[1982-2003] UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, NORWICH
Centre for English Language and British Studies
Assistant Director 1989-2000
[1969-1982] GULF POLYTECHNIC, BAHRAIN
Senior Lecturer/Head of English
[1966-1968] MOMENSHAHI CADET COLLEGE, EAST PAKISTAN
Senior English Master
[1965-1966] AYLESBURY GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, ENGLAND
Assistant English Master
[1963-1965] OLD KAMPALA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, UGANDA
Senior English Master
[1962-1963] VERDIN GRAMMAR SCHOOL, ENGLAND
Assistant English Master

 

VISITING SCHOLARSHIP
[1998] NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY, OSAKA, JAPAN
Research into quasi-Arthurian Japanese hero, Prince Yamato Takeru

 

HONORARY APPOINTMENTS
[1992-2001] Editorial Board of Quondam et Futurus/Arthuriana
[1999] Member of British Team for Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society
[1998] Fellow of National Museum of Ethnography, Osaka, Japan

 

ASSOCIATIONS
International Arthurian Society
Pre-Raphaelite Society
Tennyson Society
William Morris Society

 

PUBLICATIONS
Books:
[2008] Radio Camelot: Arthurian Legends on the BBC, 1922-2005 (Cambridge: Brewer).
[1990] Camelot Regained: The Arthurian Revival and Tennyson, 1800-1849 (Cambridge: Brewer).

 

Chapters in books:
[2014] “Trevelyan Triptych: A Family and the Arthurian Legend”, in Arthurian Literature, XXXI, pp. 165-84.
[1998] “St George and the Pendragon”, in Medievalism in the Modern World: Essays in Honour of Leslie Workman, edited by Richard Utz and Tom Shippey (Turnhout: Brepols), 131-53.
[1996] “Tennyson, Leigh Hunt and the Giant: A Speculative Note”, in Essays in Memory of Michael Parkinson and Janine Dakyns, edited by Christopher Smith. Norwich Papers IV, pp. 97-99.

 

Articles:
[2015] Review of Louise d’Arcens, Comic Medievalism: Laughing at the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Brewer, 2014), in Arthuriana, 25:1 (Spring), 170-72
[2014] “William Morris’s unpublished Arthurian translations”, The Journal of William Morris Studies, XX: 4 (Summer), 7-18.
[2013] Review of Michael Salda, Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television, Arthuriana, 23:4 (Winter 2013), 122-23.
[2013] “Oliver Huckel: A Tennysonian Approach to Wagner”, Tennyson Research Bulletin, 10:4 (November), 131-39.
[2012] “A Tennyson Drawing in his ‘Morte d’Arthur’ Manuscript”, Tennyson Research Bulletin, 10:1 (November), 189-95.
[2011] “Sacred Relics: Travelers and the Holy Grail”, Arthuriana, 21:2 (2011), pp. 42-58.
[2008] Review of Michael Alexander, Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England, in Arthuriana, 18:3, pp. 75-77.
[2008] “Arthurian Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain”, Arthuriana, 18:1, pp. 61-87.
[2007] “Sir Tarquin and The Holy Grail at Hawkstone Park”, Arthuriana, 17:2, pp. 50-61
[2004] “Camelot Calling: BBC Radio’s Role in the Diffusion and Evolution of the Arthurian Legends, 1935 to 1960”, Arthuriana, 14:3, pp. 23-52
[2003] Review of Richard Barber, ed., King Arthur in Music, in Arthuriana, 13:3, pp.112-13.
[2003] “King Arthur in World War Two Poetry: His Finest Hour?”, Arthuriana, 13:1, pp. 66-91.
[2001] “Building Arthurian Castles in Spain: William Sotheby’s Constance De Castile,” Arthuriana, 11: 4, pp. 77-87
[1999] “King Arthur at the Punch Round Table, 1859-1914,” Arthuriana, 9:4, pp. 94-115.
[1997] “The Nannau Oak: Bulwer-Lytton and his Midsummer Knight at the Westminster Round Table”, Arthuriana, 7:3, pp. 124-36.
[1997] “William Fulford Revisited”, The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, 5:1, pp. 13-20.
[1994] “A Minor Road to Camelot: Once a Week, 1859-1867”, Arthuriana, 4:1, pp. 46-69.
[1993] “Merlin and Hull: A Seventeenth-Century Prophecy”, Quondam et Futurus: A Journal of Arthurian Interpretations, 3:1, pp. 60-65.
[1993] “William Fulford: A Biographical Sketch”, The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, 1:3, pp.1-14.
[1993] “In Defence of William Fulford: A Minor Pre-Raphaelite Poet”, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, NS 2:2, pp. 21-27.
[1992] “‘Revisiting Cramalot’: An Arthurian Theme in the Correspondence of William Taylor and Robert Southey”, Studies in Medievalism, 4, pp. 143-60.
[1992] “Update: Arthurian Legend in Fine and Applied Art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”, Arthurian Literature, 11, pp. 81-96.
[1991] “William Fulford: An Arthurian Reclaimed”, Quondam et Futurus: A Journal of Arthurian Interpretations, 1:1, pp. 56-72.
[1989] “Arthurian Festival in North Wales Features Performance of The Birth of Merlin (1662)”, Quondam et Futurus: Quarterly for Arthurian Studies, 9:3, pp. 8-9.
[1988] “Newton’s Merlin Located”, Notes and Queries, NS 35:2, p.313
[1988] “An Unpublished Poem by Humphry Davy: Merlin in the Late Eighteenth Century”, Notes and Queries, NS 35:2, pp. 195-96.
[1986] “King Arthur’s Enchanted Sleep: Early Nineteenth Century Legends”, Folklore, 97:2, pp. 206-09.
[1986] “Epics in the Romantic Period”, Notes and Queries, NS 33:2, pp.160-61.
[1986] “A Source for Peacock’s The Misfortunes of Elphin“, Notes and Queries, NS 33:2, pp.165-66.
[1985] “Landon’s ‘A Legend of Tintagel Castle’: Another Analogue of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott'”, Tennyson Research Bulletin, 4:4, pp.179-85.
[1984] “[Alaric Watts’s] Merlin: Wizard or Bird?”, Notes and Queries, NS 31:4, pp. 479-80.
[1984] “Costello’s ‘The Funeral Boat’: An Analogue of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott'”, Tennyson Research Bulletin, 4:3, pp. 129-31.

 

MAIN CONFERENCE PAPERS AND LECTURES
[2015] Bangor. Celebration of Arthurian Studies. “Arthur: the King that Never Left Us”.
[2012] Oxford. British Branch of the International Arthurian Society. “A Drawing in Tennyson’s MS of ‘Morte d’Arthur'”.
[2011] Bristol. International Arthurian Society Congress. “Robert Trevelyan and Arthur Bell: Rejecting the Grail”.
[2008] Charterhouse, London. “Arthurian Legends on BBC Radio, 1922-2008”.
[2008] Rennes. International Arthurian Society Congress. “Charles Dickens and the Mantuan Grail”.
[2007] Keio University, Japan. “Arthurian Illustration in Radio Times, 1923-present”.
[2007] Gregynog. British Branch of International Arthurian Society. “Arthurian Illustration in Radio Times, 1923-present”.
[2004] Durham. British Branch of International Arthurian Society. “Arthurian Legends on BBC Radio, 1935-1960”.
[2004] Winchester. (Re)creating Arthur. “Sir Tarquin and the Holy Grail at Hawkstone Park”.
[2002] Bangor. International Arthurian Society Congress. “Arthur in the Brecon Beacons: John Thelwall’s The Fairy of the Lake“.
[2000] Oxford. OU Arthurian Society. “Arthurian political burlesque in Punch“.
[2000] Rochester, New York. Camelot 2000. “William Sotheby’s ‘Constance de Castile'”.
[1999] Toulouse. International Arthurian Society Congress. “King Arthur at the Punch Round Table 1859-1914″.
[1999] Winchester. British Association for Japanese Studies. “Yamato Takeru: Internet Hero”.
[1997] Canterbury. Medievalism. “Cosmetic Treatment for the Loathly Lady: Charlotte M. Yonge and Howard Pyle”.
[1993] Leeds. Medievalism Conference. “George Meredith’s Loathly Lady”.
[1992] London. Tristan Society. “Matthew Arnold’s Tristram and Iseult”.
[1991] Aberdeen. British Branch of International Arthurian Society. “William Taylor and Robert Southey”.
[1991] Oxford. OU Arthurian Society. “William Fulford”.
[1990] Norwich. Octagon Heritage Series. “William Taylor”.

 

FUTURE PROJECTS
BBC Radio after 2005
Trevelyan family and Arthurian legend

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